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By TayBT ·
Hi,

I am just a new hire by a company as a IT Project Manager.

Now there are 5 Project Managers who are under my supervisory. They have been with the company for at least 5 years.

My question is now what kind of approach should I take as a new Project Manager who has been there just only a week? What kind of action plans should I take to sort of like getting along with them?

Any suggestions or any website provide this kind of info?

Please help.

Thank you!

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by lumberjack In reply to New Project Manager Heada ...

You have been there only a short time, go with the flow for a wee while - see how the dynamics of the group are.

You will soon see things you want to change, be honest and forthright but dont be closed to suggestions.

I have found an openning prep talk has been useful
stating your aims and aspirations for the team and the staff. They will know where you stand.

I would not advise to be to overly pally-pally yet - you are thier boss. However be approachable.

At the end of the day - be yourself - if they are intelligent (and i assume they are) they will very quickly see through any sham - and you will loose any respect because of it.

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by TayBT In reply to

I would look for more realistic answer in a point list....I would also thanks Lumberjack for the help.

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by pm100 In reply to New Project Manager Heada ...

TRUST, is the key. Along with it comes respect
Suggest you go in slowly, as these PM's have been there for a long time, they may be apprehensive of the "new guy". Also there may be feelings the "new guy" does not know the internal complications with in the company.

Also you never know who is "linked" to the top. They have been there for eons so they may be connected.

Have group sessions and also one on one sessions to understand each of them, their roles and more importantly their capabilities. This shall also lighten the mood and provide a avenue to bonding. Remember, you are the new one so you have to first prove your self.

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by JSchiel In reply to New Project Manager Heada ...

Don't forget to set your goals. What do you want from Project Management as a discipline? Is your goal to maintain the status quo or are you going after high-quality project management? Talk with your team -- find out what they thinks works and doesn't work. See where they want to go and then fashion a high-level strategic plan from your goals and the team's ideas.

Getting along is OK, but not as a goal. Show them respect, and you'll be OK as a manager. Do you feel that one or more of your team members resents you having the manager's position? If so, discuss it and get it out in the open. If you can resolve the problems, great! If not, they may want to consider moving on to another position.

MOST IMPORTANT -- listen to your team and create a compelling vision. Get their buy-in. Focus on the vision and constantly work toward it. Everything else will work itself out.

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by geoff.choo In reply to New Project Manager Heada ...

A couple of years ago, I found myself in your same position, having to come in and lead a team of project managers that have been with the company for many years already.

Here is brief account of the strategies I used:

1. Listen more than you speak. Forget about blazing in with your guns firing ready and ready to turn things upside down. Your new charges will be naturally apprehensive about your quality as a leader and what changes would be brought about. The first thing you have to do is to quietly assess the situation and speak to everyone to find out about how the company works, what works and what doesn't. Ask them what they expect your role to look like and what they need from you to succeed in their job.

2. Based on what you learn in point 1. above, figure out works well and what doesn't work in the company. Elaborate a plan for bringing value to the organization. Start with the relatively easy problems first to get some quick wins under your belt.

3. Take a mentor/coach approach. I never believe in using rank or position to lead my team. I prefer to walk behind them rather than lead from the front. Act as a mentor and coach to your team and try to communicate to them your creed that you succeed only when they succeed. Remember, your job is not to make people work, but to make it possible for them to work. You should always be willing to lend a ear and share your vast project management experience with them.

These three articles from fast company have helped shape my approach to how I lead and mentor my project organization.

Your first 60 days
http://www.fastcompany.com/online/15/first60.html

18 ways to take charge fast
http://www.fastcompany.com/articles/2002/08/suddenimpact.html

Grassroots leadership
http://www.fastcompany.com/online/23/grassroots.html

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by srini_tanla In reply to New Project Manager Heada ...

It is very simple, just find out the metholodies of company, study polices etc. and find all your responsibilities assigned to you, find whether they have any standards of programing, find do they have QMS , if yes, does this maps to ISO or CMMi, My personal suggestion is that you become friendly with them first they would definitely helps you to understand more about the company because they have with the company for long so they know more... Best of Luck friend. - Srinivasa R

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by srini_tanla In reply to New Project Manager Heada ...

It is very simple, just find out the metholodies of company, study polices etc. and find all your responsibilities assigned to you, find whether they have any standards of programing, find do they have QMS , if yes, does this maps to ISO or CMMi, My personal suggestion is that you become friendly with them first they would definitely helps you to understand more about the company because they have with the company for long so they know more... Best of Luck friend. - Srinivasa R

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by srini_tanla In reply to New Project Manager Heada ...

It is very simple, just find out the metholodies of company, study polices etc. and find all your responsibilities assigned to you, find whether they have any standards of programing, find do they have QMS , if yes, does this maps to ISO or CMMi, My personal suggestion is that you become friendly with them first they would definitely helps you to understand more about the company because they have with the company for long so they know more... Best of Luck friend. -

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by srini_tanla In reply to New Project Manager Heada ...

It is very simple, just find out the metholodies of company, study polices etc. and find all your responsibilities assigned to you, find whether they have any standards of programing, find do they have QMS , if yes, does this maps to ISO or CMMi, My personal suggestion is that you become friendly with them first they would definitely helps you to understand more about the company because they have with the company for long so they know more... Best of Luck friend. -

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